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How Do I Cite a Print Conference Proceeding Using MLA 7th Edition?

"Treat the published proceedings of a conference like a book, but add pertinent information about the conference (unless the book title includes such information)."

Basic Format

  • Author/Editor's name. "Title of paper (if applicable)." Title of the proceeding. Conference location: Conference name, Conference date. Place of publication: Name of publisher, Date of publication. Page numbers. Medium of publication.

A Conference Proceeding

  • Chang, Steve, Lily Liaw, and Josef Ruppenhoffer, eds. Proceedings of the Twenty-Fifth Annual Meeting of the Berkley Linguistics Society, February 12-15, 1999: General Session and Parasession on Loan Word Phenomena. Berkley: Berkley Linguistics Soc., 2000.

  • Freed, Barbara F., ed. Foreign Language Acquisition Research and the Classroom. Proc. of Consortium for Lang. Teaching and Learning Conf., Oct. 1989, U of Pennsylvania. Lexington: Heath, 1991.

An Individual Item from a Conference Proceeding

  • Hualde, Jose Ignacio. "Patterns of Correspondence in the Adaptation of Spanish Borrowings in Basque." Proceedings of the Twenty-Fifth Annual Meeting of the Berkley Linguistics Society, February 12-15, 1999: General Session and Parasession on Loan Word Phenomena. Ed. Steve Chang, Lily Liaw, and Josef Ruppenhoffer. Berkley: Berkley Linguistics Soc., 2000. 348-58. Print.

If your source does not appear in this guide or for further information or examples, consult the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers (Call Number: Ref LB2369 .G53 2003 ) available in the Ready Reference Collection at the Information Desk or in the Reference Collection. You can also refer to the Instruction Office's list of resources; we specifically recommend Purdue's Online Writing Lab (OWL). You can also contact the SIUE Writing Center or visit MLA's site.

Updated April 16, 2009

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